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But, I Have Nothing to Give...

"Jesus replied, 'They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.'

'We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,' they answered.

'Bring them here to me,' he said.

...The number of those who ate was about five thousand..."


Most of you have heard the story. The disciples only had five loaves of bread and two fish, and Jesus asked them to feed five thousand people with that. We read this story time and time again, but do we really get what Jesus did here?


Let's think about it in modern terms.


Okay, imagine you're on a road trip, and you haven't eaten in hours. The sun is starting to set, your eyes are starting to blur from staring at the passing gravel for too long, and your head begins to throb as a sign of hunger. This certainly calls for a pit stop to grab your favorite snacks at some gas station off of the next random exit.


Walking back to your car with five bags of gummy bears, and two bags of goldfish, you notice 5,000 people crowded outside of your car. Oh, and Jesus himself.


Normal.


Anyways, these people are hungry. But, then again, so are you.

Even if you wanted to share a few gummy bears, there certainly would not be enough for the 5,000 (let alone you, if you're me...).


When you let Jesus in on this obvious math dilemma, He simply asks you to give him the snacks. (But...you just spent $10 on them!!!!!!)


Reluctantly, you hand over the sugar coma, and watch as Jesus miraculously multiplies the snacks, and everyone is fed...with leftovers!


Now, do you see how bizarre this probably was....


I think we can easily forget how miraculous and powerful our God is.


The stories seem like they are just that...stories. But, they were very real, tangible moments that were meant to glorify the power of God and glorify what He can do for us, if we would just trust Him.


Sometimes, I feel God asking me to give up some of my free time to help others, or spend time with Him. It feels like I can't give up five minutes because it belongs to school, or work, or rest.


Sometimes, I feel God asking me to take time to talk to someone in need, or give money to someone who needs it - even though I have bills to pay and other things to do.


But, just like the disciples felt they couldn't give up their small amount of food, God has shown me that if I give Him the little I have, He can multiply it, and create a blessing out of it.


Just as the disciples doubted in their tiny offering, we often doubt ourselves and what we have to offer to the world.


You may feel like you don't have anything to give, and that you don't have much to offer. There are plenty of times when I feel like my offering is not enough, and never will be. But Matthew 14 reminds me that I can offer what little I do have to a big, big God and allow Him to use it mightily for His glory.


What is He asking you to hand over to Him today?

What is He asking you to trust Him with today?


Never doubt that God can use small offerings to create plentiful blessings.

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